2017 Kia Niro
It's as efficient as a Prius.
It's quicker than a Prius.
The extra ground clearance will help when it snows.
What's Not So Good
All-wheel drive is not available.
Inexpensive gas makes it hard to make an economic argument for any hybrid.
Under the Hood
The Niro has a 1.6-liter gas engine supplemented by a high-voltage (240-volt) lithium-ion polymer battery pack/electric motor. The combined output is 139 horsepower.
It has a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
Because of its more powerful battery pack/electric motor, the Niro is the quickest hybrid in this class. It can go from zero to 60 mph about three seconds quicker than a Prius C.